A compulsory enrollment of men for military or naval service; a draft.
Belonging to, or of the nature of, a conspiration.
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conscription \con*scrip"tion\ (?), n. [l. conscriptio: cf. f. conscription.] 1. an enrolling or registering. the conscription of men of war. burnet. 2. a compulsory enrollment of men for military or naval service; a draft. conscription \con*scrip"tion\ (?), a. belonging to, or of the nature of, a conspiration. conscription n : compulsory military service [syn: muster, draft, selective service ]
Noun 1. compulsory military service (synonym) muster, draft, selective service (hypernym) mobilization, mobilisation, militarization, militarisation (hyponym) levy, levy en masse (derivation) conscript (classification) military, armed forces, armed services, military machine, war machine
Conscription Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Conscription, or drafting, is the compulsory enlistment of people in a national service, most often a military service. Conscription dates back to antiquity and continues in some countries to the present day under various names. The modern system of near-universal national conscription for young men dates to the French Revolution in the 1790s, where it became the basis of a very large and powerful military. Most European nations later copied the system in peacetime, so that men at a certain age would serve 1–8 years on active duty and then transfer to the reserve force.